My family has always been big into garage saling (yes, we even use garage sale as a verb). Where else are you supposed to get stuff you need (and stuff you really don’t need) for cheap prices? I find that someone’s driveway or garage is the perfect place.
I’ve bought movies, clothes, furniture and kitchenware at garage sales. I also bought my favorite possession at a garage sale.
How a Garage Sale Changed My Life
The summer before my senior year of college my dad and I were wandering around a nearby neighborhood during their garage sale day. I don’t know about you, but where I come from whole subdivisions of houses host garage sales on the same day and people from all over town come to look at your junk. It’s awesome.
Anyway, on one such occasion my dad and I came upon a small ranch home with a little old lady sitting in a lawn chair on the driveway. The driveway had some stuff on the ground and the garage was full of tables filled with random items ranging from tools to purses.
I took my time, glancing at all of the objects towards the front of the garage. As I moved further in, something on the table along the back wall caught my eye. I wasn’t sure from a distance, but it looked like a large, white pineapple. On closer inspection, it was indeed a large, white pineapple. But it was porcelain and had clear marbles filling holes. It stood on a gold-colored base and had a cord running from it. When I realized what the cord meant I almost jumped for joy.
It was a pineapple lamp!
I had never seen something so strange or wonderful before. I immediately picked it up and asked if it worked. The old lady didn’t know so she had her husband plug it in, and when the light began to shine through the glass marbles I fell in love. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.
I told the old woman that I loved it and she told me she had made it in a pottery class in the late 70s. I claim to be an artist, but I was in awe of the precision work she’d done.
I then asked her what price she wanted for the lamp. I was thinking I was willing to pay $10 (I’m super cheap when it comes to everything) and instead of some huge price she said, “How about $1.”
I was again amazed. I almost wanted to pay her more for this wonderful item, but also I didn’t. So I gave her the dollar and went on my merry way. My dad thought I was crazy for buying such a random thing, but to me that’s what garage sales are about – finding stuff that you don’t actually need but really want.
My Obsession Collection
My beloved pineapple lamp sparked a passion within me. Lucky for me, this was at the time when pineapples suddenly became a very popular print in the fashion world, so shortly after buying the love of my life, I began seeing pineapple shaped and motif-ed things all over the place. And of course I had to buy them all.
My pineapple-buying spree has led me to own pineapples of various shapes and sizes. I’ve also been given many pineapple gifts since I started my obsession. My pineapple collection includes:
- 5 pineapple lamps (including the original)
- 9 pineapple bowls/dishes/trays
- 8 pineapple shirts
- 4 pineapple containers
- 3 pineapple dresses
- 1 pair of pineapple leggings
- 1 pair of pineapple socks
- 1 pair of pineapple sandals
- 1 pineapple swimsuit
- 1 pineapple pajama set
- 3 pineapple pillows
- 3 pineapple candle holders
- 2 pineapple ornaments
- 4 pineapple necklaces
- 1 pineapple ring
- 1 set of pineapple stationery
- 1 pineapple mixer
- 4 sets of pineapple earrings
- 1 pair of pineapple sunglasses
- 2 pineapple wallets
- 3 pineapple purses/bags
- 5 pineapple hair accessories
- 1 pineapple painting from a friend
- 1 handmade clay pineapple the same friend
- 1 pineapple drawing from my sister
- 1 pineapple collage from a friend
- 1 framed pineapple print
- 1 stained glass pineapple
- 2 pineapple bird feeders
- 1 pineapple water bottle
- 1 pineapple phone case
- 1 pineapple needlepoint wall hanging
My first pineapple lamp really opened something inside me. It has caused me to decorate pretty much all of my room and parts of my apartment with various pineapple-shaped objects (thankfully my roommate is okay with it.) Every time I see something shaped like a pineapple I get really excited.
I love pineapples and my lamp so much that I even wrote a poem about it. Because of that one garage sale I have become literally obsessed with anything pineapple related.
So does this make it ironic that I don’t eat pineapples because they make me feel sick?
Note: This blog was originally posted elsewhere on the internet, and just so everyone knows, I now have many more pineapples than what’s listed above.